Jimmy Carter’s greatest legacy is his post-presidential service to humanity. He did not allow his inevitable decline to mar him for the rest of his life; instead, he continued to find ways to make his life count to others, regardless of race or culture. He will also be remembered as one of the presidents who unwaveringly displayed and proclaimed his faith. Although he was denied a second term by the people he faithfully served, Jimmy did not hold grudges.

What’s in it for Kofi? Why does he keep serving? Why does he continue his crusade for peace? Kofi Annan should have had his fill of responsibilities by now after running the United Nations as its Secretary General for two consecutive terms – not to mention his work prior to holding the top seat in the U.N., which was also grounded in governance and world issues.

Lara Grylls (now Fawcett) couldn’t be more foreknowing when he picked the nickname Bear for her week–old brother, Edward Michael. Like bears, “Bear” Grylls had an innate passion for climbing… and surviving. At eight years old, the young boy’s lifelong interest in climbing was piqued by a picture of Mt Everest.

Graca Machel will always be loved not only in her home country, Mozambique, but also in the whole of Africa and in most parts of the world where women and child abuse are pressing issues. She personified independence and strength. She nullified erroneous notions narrow–minded people have of women. She braved to go where no one dared to. So don’t be surprised to see her where women are not expected to be. She is into politics, into activism, into global affairs.

It is easy to stereotype John Sidney McCain III as an obedient son who pursued a military career only to continue the legacies of his father and grandfather. Society expected him to follow the noble footsteps of four-star Admirals John McCain, Sr. and John McCain, Jr. In fact, had been heading in that direction while eluding near-death encounters and enduring imprisonment while serving his country as Lieutenant Captain in Hanoi, Vietnam.

He may not have the name in the spaghetti westerns as he did under the directions of Sergio Leone, but Clint Eastwood need not have a name in his movies—nor say much—to portray his character. The genius of this man, as far as acting is concerned, is surely unparalleled. But acting is just one of the things at which this multi-talented man excels. This cowboy directs, composes, manages businesses, and takes part in noteworthy charitable causes.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a living paradox; he upholds compassion and nonviolence while battling for his people’s rights. While his right foot was on the pulpit teaching the Buddhist canon, his left rested on the seat of the Tibetan government.

According to Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” That couldn’t be more telling of how and why Anthony “Tony” Robbins - author of the books “Awaken he Giant Within” and “Unlimited Power” - rose to fame and popular stature by helping people find meaning in their lives.

Here is a millionaire who sincerely believes that “cash is trash.” Well, that’s not all that’s unique about business tycoon Robert Kiyosaki; among other accomplishments, Robert was an acknowledged gunship pilot and even fought in the Vietnam War for three years. He is a soldier, too!

Mary Therese Winifred Robinson, the 7th president of Ireland, is the first woman to be elected President of the nation. She is also the former High Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations. She has been a recipient of numerous honorary awards for her contributions to the United Nations and non–profit organizations all over the world.

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